A Story By Stanley Oluwatosin
After getting the approval of my parent and Biodun’s family, the next thing was to prepare for the wedding properly.
Biodun sent the required amount to his family with the instruction that everything on the bridal list should be provided and the event must be done according to the taste of my parent.
The whole event was to be captured in a video record and the full video was to be sent to us after the event.
We were to send the video footage of our court marriage to our families as well. All arrangement was made and everything seemed perfect.
Myself and Biodun also spent time shopping for all we would be needing, ranging from our outfit to accessories and food for the few invited guest.
Biodun was able to get some of his specialist friends to stand in as our parent and all other necessary post was filled in by his friends and work mates.
In a month time to the wedding, we had everything ready. Biodun got a new apartment which we were to move into after the wedding and we spent must of our time furnishing the house to our taste.
Biodun soon exhaust his annual leave and he had to resume work. Though it was a bit difficult to care for the kids alone, I was able to manage.
On a monday morning, i was about bathing the kids after seeing Biodun off when i heard a knock on my door. At first i thought it was Biodun “probably he forgot something” I said to myself as i rushed to the door. How wrong could i be? The person standing at my door step was the last person i expected to see. My mouth went dry and i could not take a step backward or forward. All i did was to stare into the space until the cries of my kids brought me back.
“Won’t you get them?” James said to me and he pushed me out of his way. I staggered and let go of the door knob. I got my act together and rushed into the house.
The first thing i did was to place a call through to Biodun. I informed Biodun of James presence in a whisper. I also pleaded with him to notify the police and come with them. Biodun told me to keep calm and take care of the kids. I was still on the phone with Biodun when i heard James’s foot step approaching. I quickly hid my phone in my pocket and i carried my kids.
James kicked the door open and bounced in.
He looked around the room in displease as i took the girls into my arms.
James asked if i had received the court notice and i kept mute. I was boiling with anger already and one thing i learnt from my day was to walk away from a conversation whenever i become furious. With the girls in my arm, i made to walk out on James but he stopped me half way. He told me he was willing to end the court case if i agree to come back to him with his kids. He tried to confuse me to move in with him by telling me that he was sure he was going to win the case because he had blood realationship with the kids and my apartment was nowhere to raise kids. I hissed and i went to the livingroom.
James followed me closely without saying a word. He watched me as i laid the kids on the couch before he came close to me. James knelt before me and pleaded with me to come back with his kids. He said lots of things about just realising his mistakes, he even promised to make up for the rough times i went through. I only told James to go to hell and he stood up.
His eyes were blood red and his lips started to shake in anger. He made lots of threats and said lots of heart breaking words. He told me he knew about my plans to marry Biodun and he promised to hinder the marriage at all cost.
Though i was scared, i kept my cool and i decided to wait for Biodun’s arrival. I sat close to my kids and was about to take one of the girls into my arm when James snatched her away. He took my baby and made to leave. I rushed at James in a bid to get back my child but i missed my step and fell. James turned the whole scenario to a hide and seek game. He made me run after him in the small livingroom while he dodged and kept the baby from me.
My child started to cry and this got me angry. I got so furious that i could kill James at that moment. I was at the edge of considering murder when the door went ajar and Biodun rushed in with two uniformed police.
The police took the baby from James and he was arrested for assault. Before he left, he told me he wouldn’t stop at nothing to win the kids over. He told me he would take them away and make my effort to get my babies back fruitless. James was taken away but his words were stuck in my heart.
Biodun told me not to take in his words and he promised to make sure that James would never cross our paths no more.
Though i wished i could build my hope on Biodun’s words and wave James’s threat aside. All the things he said kept ringing a bell in my ears and i was more than scared. I was scared of losing my kids, i was scared for my upcoming marriage and i was scared for my future.
Life would be worthless without my girls.
It was necessary for Biodun to return to work because he was yet to complete his shift. Biodun stayed back for few minutes before he left with the promise that he would come back early and we would both visit James in police custody, in order to ensure that there won’t be further harassment by him.
I pulled myself together after Biodun’s departure, I took care of the kids and I also got myself cleaned up. I was still super disturbed by all James said. It got to a point that i looked at my babies and i burst into tears. I could not handle the thought of letting them go. i went on my knees and prayed to God. With tears in my eyes, i prayed for God’s guidance and protection against any form of separation. i eventually put my trust in God and i also prepared my mind for the worst.
At noon, Biodun returned from work with his lawyer friend. With the kids, we got into his ride and he zoomed off to the police station. We arrived the police station and we made a request to see James. The officer in charge of the case invited us over to his office and James was also made available. The lawyer got to work immediately and gave a lengthy explanation on the situation on ground. He told the officer about the court case and how we fear that James is a threat to me and my babies. We also told him about James’s threat to interrupt our wedding which was to take place in a month time. The officer took in all of our compliant and he guaranteed our security. James was made to sign an agreement that he would never show up in our lives again else he would be locked up. James tried to be stubborn but he eventually signed the agreement with a devilish smile on his face. Even if i didn’t take in Biodun’s words about ensuring that we would be free from James, the police assurance and the agreement went a long way to convince me that everything was going to be fine.
I left the police station with an assurance that everything was going to be fine and the wicked smile on James’ face was nothing but a sign of defeat. I didn’t know for how long my victory was gping to last but I wished it lasted for ever.
After lunch that very day, I and biodun decided that we should get a nanny to help in taking care of the kids since biodun would have to leave for work daily. Biodun contacted some of his married friends and they gave us a lead on how to get the best nanny for my kids. Before the week ran out, we were able to get a trusted middle age nanny and taking care of the house became an easier task. After getting a nanny, I spent most of my time taking care of our new house. Since we had less than a month before we would move in, I had to ensure that everything was intact.
Days rolled into weeks and weeks rolled into months. Within a twinkle of an eye, it was a day to my court marriage. I was scared of things not going as planned but Biodun was there to chase my fear away. Biodun was the most supportive man I ever had. Satisfying I and my kids was all he cared about, becoming his lawfully wedded bride was one of my greatest achievement.
We had a full house on the day of our wedding eve. Biodun invited most of his friends over and we had fun wining and dining. Waiting for a day was even more difficult than waiting for months. I couldn’t wait to get the wedding over with.
On the 5th of May at exactly 12noon, I was ready to walk down the aisle with Biodun, I was ready to say “I do” and I was ready to lawfully take Biodun as my husband. This time around, it wasn’t for the sake of my kids only but also for the love that I had for Biodun. After my kids he was the best thing that ever happened to me. Earlier that morning, my parents called to pray for us and wish us well. They were also ready to get down with the traditional wedding that day and according to my mom, the house was filled with guest already. Biodun’s mom also had a long talk with us on Skype during the early hours of the night. She was a lovely woman and a prayer warrior, she gave us loads of marriage advice and she blessed our marriage. My joy knew no bound after getting parental blessings from my parent and Biodun’s mom. Nothing can be compared with been sure that my family got my back.
With the help of the makeup artist and some of the female friends Biodun invited over, I looked dazzling after dressing up in my wedding attire. I wore a gorgeous cream gown and gold heels. The light makeup and my long wavy hair enhanced my beauty. My girls were also beautifully dressed in a red shinning gown and their hair was adorned with a cute cream ribbon. My best lady was also dressed in a red and gold. With myself, my best lady and my beautiful little bride, my bridal train was complete.
Biodun also looked down to earth in a blue suit and a gold bowl tie. Everything was perfect that very day. We were tagged the perfect match when we finally left the house for the registry. Biodun’s car was beautifully decorated and his lawyer friend filled the post of our driver.
The wedding was scheduled for 1:00pm. We were just in time when we arrived. All the needed individuals were also present to fill in there respected gap. We exchanged pleasantries before we eventually matched into the registry to fulfill our purpose for been there.
Vows were taken, signatures were provided on the necessary documents and a wedding certificate was issued. In less than an hour, the court marriage came to a beautiful end. I became biodun’s lawfully wedded wife and he became my husband. We received lots of congratulations from friends and captured lots of beautiful moments. I felt fulfilled and I looked forward for a new beginning. A new phase of my life was about to unveil.
A small reception was held in a nearby suite after the wedding. The event was not elaborate but it was a success. The guest stayed around till later in the evening and after their departure, we also moved into our new home. From the wedding, to the reception and then to our new home, everything was a huge success.
After calling our parents and putting the kids to sleep, myself and Biodun retired to each other’s arm. We spent time talking about the event of the day and we laughed at the funny scenes. We talked till late in the night and during the chat we got romantic. At first Biodun hesitated in making love to me. He was more concerned about my condition been a nursing mother. I told him that I was strong enough and I lured him into the act. The act I never regretted. We made love in a special way, a way that was different with the crazy sex I had with James. With Biodun, everything was perfect. After exhausting our energy while making love, we slept off in each other’s arm.
The next day, I was half awake in Biodun’s arm during the early hours of the morning when I heard the cry of my kid. I ran to the nursery and I met one of the girls crying while the other was asleep. My kid’s eyes were weak and her breathing was slow. I touched her forehead in a bid to feel her temperature and I got a rude shock. The next thing I did was to scream out Biodun’s name.
She was boiling.
I was scared to the bone as we rushed her to the hospital, her breathing was pretty slow and are eyes were so dim. We got to the hospital and she was taken to the ER. I had to stay with the other girl while biodun’s went with the doctor to take care of the sick girl. It took the doctors more than thirty minutes before they exsit the ER. As a mother, I rushed at them immediately and asked after my child. The doctor calmed me down and led us to his office. I was scared of whatever the case may be, I couldn’t bare to see my kid sick or been hurt.
The doctor asked of my blood group and my kids father’s, I was able to provide mine but unfortunately, I didn’t know James’s blood group. After a long talk, the doctor revealed to me that my twin girl was a Sicklerville (SS). He told me how challenging her growing up could be and lot of things about sickle cell. I was sad about the way my life turned out, I loved so much that I did not even bother to know if I was compatible with the man I loved. All I cared about was love without considering my future or my child’s.
I concluded that my girls were both so but the doctor confused me that the girls might be twins but they. Night inherit different genotype. Though I wasn’t convinced, I allowed him carryout a test on the other girl. My girl was placed on drip that very day and that was how we became regular patients in the hospital.
I didn’t even bother to ask for the result of my kid’s genotype, I took the two girls as sicklers and I saw taking care of them as my cross. I had this believe until my second visit to the hospital.
The doctor invited me to his office and he went on and on to tell me how possible it was to a set of twins to Share different genotype. I was beginning to get bored of his long talk when he handed me the result of my child’s genotype.
I was more that shocked when I saw ‘AS’. My other girl was not a sickler and she had a good health condition. I was happy at the result and I promised to take care of my girls equally. I also prayed to God to bless the two girls with sound health.
Biodun was helpful in taking care of my sick girl. Him been a medical doctor reduced our hospital bills and he was there to assure me that my girl could leave as long as she wanted as far as she gets the best medications.
I never knew that James was ‘SS’ but I blamed myself for getting involve with just anybody when I knew that I was ‘AS’. all in all, nothing could change a mother’s love.
Just a month after the wedding and all the struggle to take care of my kids, the court meeting day cropped in.
It was one of the days when my girl with the sickle cell fell sick over night. With the help of Biodun’s she got the best treatment and she was getting better before we had to leave for the court. I wanted to go with my girls, I wanted to feel their presence while I would fight for them but Biodun kicked against the idea and I had to leave them in the care of their nanny. I could remember shedding tears when I was leaving that afternoon. I knew I would be fighting hard to keep my kids but I wasn’t sure if my best would be enough to secure my kids. With a heavy heart, I left for the court after kissing my kids goodbye.
The hearing was scheduled for 1:00pm but we arrived the court at 12:00pm. I was surprised to see James and his family present. I never knew his honorable father could be interested in getting the kids his son thought would be a shame to them. With the way he carried himself around and with the way he seemed so familiar with the court workers, I smelt fowl play. The lawyer and Biodun assured me that everything would go according to plan and I kept my cool but I was scared the worst could happen.
…to be continued